Lymphoma of the Skin

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Talking With Your Doctor TOPICS

What should I ask my doctor about lymphoma of the skin?

It is important to have frank, open discussions with your cancer care team. They want to answer all of your questions, no matter how minor they might seem. For instance, consider asking these questions:

  • What kind of skin lymphoma do I have?
  • Has my biopsy been reviewed by a pathologist who is an expert on skin lymphoma?
  • How sure are you of my diagnosis?
  • Are there other tests that need to be done before we can decide on treatment?
  • What is the stage (extent) of the lymphoma, and what does that mean in my case?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of lymphoma?
  • Should I get a second opinion? Can you suggest someone?
  • What treatment choices do I have? Do we need to treat the lymphoma right away?
  • What do you recommend and why?
  • What is the goal of the treatment?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it involve? Where will it be done?
  • What are the risks or side effects of the treatments you suggest?
  • How will treatment affect my daily activities?
  • What is my outlook for survival?
  • What are the chances of recurrence with these treatment plans?
  • What would we do if the treatment doesn’t work or if the lymphoma recurs?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

In addition to these sample questions, be sure to write down some of your own. For instance, you might want more information about recovery times so that you can plan your work or activity schedule. Or you may want to ask about clinical trials for which you may qualify. You can find more information about communicating with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.

Last Medical Review: 03/14/2013
Last Revised: 02/11/2014